Student demographics, national trends, and technology have changed dramatically over the past 30 years to the point where colleges and universities must envision a future very different from the past and adjust their plans accordingly. Some of the most dramatic changes pertain to the kinds of students who now typify college-goers; the ways in which technology impacts pedagogy; and the political, financial, and regulatory landscape governing higher education. For campus planners, these developments can be daunting. In the modern university, libraries as physical places for research are less and less relevant; classrooms are being replaced by mobile devices; and dormitories, though fine for the most traditional of college-goers, no longer work for the new majority of students.
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